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WWI: Battle Of Mons

23rd August 1914

The Battle of Mons was the first major action of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in the First World War. The British army attempted to hold the line of the Mons-Condé Canal against the advancing German First Army.

Although the British fought well and inflicted disproportionate casualties on the numerically-superior Germans, they were eventually forced to retreat due both to the greater strength of the Germans and the sudden retreat of the French Fifth Army.

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